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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

I think I'm going to the American Historical Association conference in January. It's in San Francisco. It was suggested to me that I drive up the coast, head to Portland and try Mt Hood. How long is that drive (more than 6 hours?)?

Safe to assume it's worth the trip, no? How are the conditions circa January 10?

post #2 of 21
Yes it is more than 6 hours unless you can do over 100 the whole way. Off the top of my head I would guess 10. Mt Bachelor is a couple hours closer.

Found this driving distances page.
post #3 of 21
Lisakaz -

If you are truly heading up the coast you are in for a long drive. Taking I-5 is by far the fastest route. It will take you around 10 to 11 hours of driving to get to the east side of Portland from the Bay Area & another hour or so to Mt. Hood. That is not including traffic jams and long stops.

Personally, I would go to Bend and Mt. Bachelor in January. Better snow, better terrain, better lifts, better runs and usually much more snow than Mt. Hood that time of year. By cutting off at Weed onto US Highway 97 you can be in Bend in 7 to 8 hours.
post #4 of 21
It's about 8-9 hrs to PDX from SF @ a sane speed. Your looking @ 600 miles. Mt. Hood is a nice place BUT if I was going to drive that far I would stop by Mt. Bachelor in Bend,Or. It is about 150 miles closer and ALOT better conditions than Hood. Mt.B is on the right side of the mts.(east) Were it's alot dryer snow conditions and fewer people. You might even meet a few locals while your there.(hint) Anyway, thats my story and I'm stick'in to it.
post #5 of 21
While Mt Bachelor is a good place to ski it does have a few things to consider. Such as: No place on the mountain to stay; an hours travel to the closest lodgeing and way farther to the airport. If you decide to stay a day (or more) for skiing on Hood I would suggest just catching a shuttle flight from SF up to Portland. Then depending on your plans, ie fly in, ski, fly out; or stay and play before going home you could ski Timberline (the famous year round glacier) Meadows "the best on Hood" or even night ski the bowl. I might even break free for a day and the wife and I give you a ride up the hill. Be happy to help.
post #6 of 21
If you can remain flexible, the snow in Tahoe can be good. You can get to resorts in Tahoe in 3 hours (in good driving conditions). Due to my wife's work schedule, we usually go up there for a couple days midweek around that time in January. Generally it's at least passable and it's around the time that snows start in earnest so conditions could get really good. The groomers would generally eb good. It's the off-piste that would be variable.
post #7 of 21
Yeah, unless the snow situation requires it, go to Tahoe. Skip Squaw and ski Alpine and Sugar Bowl. Tons of options on where to stay, eat and drink.
post #8 of 21
Lisakaz's profile says "Blue Groomer, wide open and empty". Heavenly is loaded with those though they're only empty midweek or off-peak. IMO, they have the best view in North America, too. Pretty expensive day ticket.
post #9 of 21
January? When?
Ski Tahoe, There is usually good snow by then and it's a much shorter drive. If I'm in town I'll ski with you. My job situation may have just changed so I may have lots of time to ski.
post #10 of 21
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by dchan:
January? When?
Ski Tahoe, There is usually good snow by then and it's a much shorter drive. If I'm in town I'll ski with you. My job situation may have just changed so I may have lots of time to ski.

He just quit his job. So he can ski full time.
post #11 of 21
I wish. The company I work for just got bought. I am now a "temp contractor" with no guarantee of future employment. I am probably going to go back to doing consulting which I hope will allow me more time for things I enjoy.
post #12 of 21
Sorry to hear that. Seems like there are no stable jobs out there. SF is my favorite city. Use to truck into the bay twice a week. That was a while back. Good Luck.
post #13 of 21
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by irul&ublo:
Yeah, unless the snow situation requires it, go to Tahoe. Skip Squaw and ski Alpine and Sugar Bowl. Tons of options on where to stay, eat and drink.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Agreed, you'll have more fun at Alpine and Sugar Bowl...and I'm wiht DChan if you want ski buddys let us know...I'll make the trip up aswell.
post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks all for the tips and the offers. I haven't made the decisions yet; I just know that AHA is January 3-6 and I was contemplating some hookey time thereafter, renting a car and not returning (from Portland) until January 14. How I do this may depend on some apartment hunting and how much it costs for me to move/rent and what's left over. Needless to say, I would renting the Hyundai (or will that not make it to any ski location???).

The "tour" (if it becomes a full blown adventure) involves Portland only because I was going to visit someone in Forest Grove. So the start and end points are somewhat visible. Seems to me I can decide to see the sun set on the "left" coast or ski. Since it'll be January...

Should know more in a few days as I start looking at more places.

Thanks again.

post #15 of 21
Hi lisakaz,
I just re-read your original post and focused on the suggestion of driving up the coast. The views are incredible...even in January but it will take several days, possibly 5 days to drive up from SF. While the route is well worth the time it may be better done in smaller chunks. I can be somewhat overwhelming after the first day. The mind just seems to stop absorbing the enormity of nature. One of the issues will be the narrow two lane road that cannot be cruised. It is the original wagon trail and makes no allowance for today's speeds much less the desire to constantly look west over the awesome cliffs and pounding surf. When you get into the redwoods they demand a stop. One simply cannot appreciate them without walking in, sitting down and letting the spirit free. You can't just drive through; it's not allowed! Driving up the Oregon coast is reserved for true nature lovers, retired people in Winnabagoes and masochistic bicycle riders. Small towns every few mile complete with stop lights, ridiculous speed limits (25 is preferred) and keystone cops. Passing is a rare and dreamed of experience and the favorite game is enjoyed by the lead vehicle by which they go slowly through the curves while a line of cars grows behind them. Then, when a rare passing lane shows up, they speed up with the first car trying to pass them and pace them out to the end of the lane; effectively allowing no one else to pass. Probably just a local past time for the bored traveler and burned out trucker. If you do decide to drive up please consider options: After leaving the redwoods go east to I5 (I know, highways are so boring and do remember to bring your radar detector) then consider stopping for a day at Ashland to ski and maybe catch a play. Then you could cruise over to Mt Bachelor for a day of play and a night of rest before continuing north to Mt Hood for a night at Timberline Lodge followed by a day at Meadows. Then you could kick back in Forest Grove and sample some of Oregon's fine micro brews. Or continue north for a day at Crystal Mt. Washington for some very challenging skiing.

A few links, always do the research!!! http://www.odot.state.or.us/

ps one more thing, please do not rent or drive a Hyundai. We would like to continue hearing from you...funerals are sooo depressing. The only good thing about a Hyundai is that the individual need not buy a coffin. The West coast is not kind to cars that are not designed to handle well. First choice would be an S class mercedes or something that loves the curves. Anyway you get the drift. We want you alive.
post #16 of 21
No plays will be running in Ashland in January but Mt. Ashland is worth seeing. It is the mountain I grew up on and skied until moving to Montana last year. It isn't very big but it is steep and has a great bowl. The snow is generally better than Mt. Hood but not as good as Bachelor. The town of Ashland has some great restaurants (one of the advantages of having so many Bay Area refugees living there).
post #17 of 21
Oh No, at toilet bowl skier. Just kidding,I raced with alot of Ashland skiers in the seventies. Ermin Davis. Ring a bell?
post #18 of 21
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Ryel:
While Mt Bachelor is a good place to ski it does have a few things to consider. Such as: an hours travel to the closest lodgeing <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I beg to differ. I often stay less than 30 minutes from Bachelor. I think I allot 20 minutes (on spring weekdays) for my drive.
post #19 of 21
We fondly refer to Mt. Ashland as the Toilet Bowl or the Big A. It isn't the biggest place and it doesn't have pristine powder but it is always challenging, has some of the best Spring snow around and less than 30 minutes away. It is amazing the number of locals that won't ski Mt. Ashland because it's not as good as Mt. Bachelor totally oblivious to the how fortunate they are to have a mountain of that quality within half an hour of where they live.

I graduated from Ashland High in '73. Didn't race much except my senior year, but most of my friends raced both the high school circuit and PNSA (I also coached/chaperoned for Ashland High my freshman year in college). Back then Bend was in the same ski league as Ashland so we would have races at Mt. Bachelor, Warner Canyon (outside of Lakeview.....fun little one T-bar operation that has incredible powder if they get snow) and Mt. Ashland. A couple races were held at at Willamette Pass (with its neutering slingshot palma) when one of the other areas didn't have enough snow. So, did you ski Mt. Ashland during the drought of the late 70s when you would look for rocks because they were softer than the blue ice?
post #20 of 21
Alot of GOOD skiers came out of Ashland. Yes I skied The Big A in 1974-1978 when I was at O.T.I. I remember the drought years well. End up in the hospital a few times. My tele-bud taught at The A along with a few others.
Remember Tomahawk Ski Bowl? I also taught at The Pass(Will.) for a few years. RTS is a hell of a run when they have the snow.
post #21 of 21
Thread Starter 

I went for it, no idea how I'm going to do it. Just have to make sure I pack my ski boots. SF conference, fly back via Portland and a week of hookey time (January 7-14) in between. I don't get the car till 9 am Monday but hey maybe there's a half day in there somewheres???

I decided rather than drop two months rent somewhere I'd rather blow it on this trip and deal with rent later. And, unless the agency lied to me, it'll be a Cavalier they rent me.

So now I have to figure out the details...hmm... : I will gladly accept hints, ideas, offers, et al. Let the adventure begin (well, after I get a map from AAA, anyway).

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